“India became a bit complacent in picking that squad three days before the game,” Alastair Cook said of the WTC final.


Alastair Cook, the former England captain, believes India became overconfident by selecting their team well ahead of time for the World Test Championship final against New Zealand.

The WTC final was rained off for two full days, and the overcast and rainy weather were ideal for seam bowlers for the majority of the Test match. India, on the other hand, went into the match with two frontline spinners in Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, a decision that drew a lot of criticism.

Alastair Cook, speaking on the BBC’s Tuffer and Vaughan Podcast, said:
“They (India) got a bit confident in picking that side three days out before (the game) and playing two spinners where they pretty much knew it was going to rain for a lot of that game. So a lot of seam bowling was bowled. Even though their spinners are world-class, they got a little bit ahead of themselves there.”

India is a “fantastic side,” according to Alastair Cook, but England will fancy their chances in the next five-match Test series beginning in August if the ball continues to bounce around.

“India got a raw deal” – Alastair Cook on New Zealand’s decision to play two Tests prior of the World Cup final.

Alastair Cook predicted that New Zealand would win the World Cup final, and his prediction came true. After playing a two-match Test series against the English earlier, the former England captain remarked that he chose the Kiwis because they were match-hardened. The Blackcaps swept England in the Test series 1-0 and followed that up with an eight-wicket victory over India in the WTC final.

Alastair Cook understood India’s predicament, having to rely on intrasquad games to get up to match speed before the World Team Championship final.

“I did say New Zealand were going to win that game purely down to the fact that they were match-hardened. Those two Test matches against England were such perfect preparation. And intra-squad games, as good as your intention might be, it hasn’t got the same intensity. First hour might be really competitive but everything goes less and less and less. India were hard done by that way,” Cook added.

When India takes on England in a five-match Test series, they will be looking for better results this time around. Virat Kohli and his co-captain, Rohit Sharma, last visited England in 2018, when they lost the series 4-1.

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